SPECIAL EVENTS IN OCTOBER
PUMPKIN DECORATING WORKSHOP: Monday, October 3 at 10:00am. Get ready for fall by creating your own pumpkin decoration. Bring your own pumpkin, real or fake, for a fun decorating workshop. Various decorating supplies and designs will be provided. The fee for this workshop is $5. Registration is required. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
LEARN TO KNIT: Begins Tuesday, October 4 from 1:00 – 3:00pm. This class is a beginning knitting class, where you will learn to make a simple washcloth. Yarn and needles will be provided. This is a four-week class. The cost is $35/person. Space is limited. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
HANDMADE CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards with a fall theme in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
PRE-RETIREMENT SEMINARS – Each Tuesday evening in October at 7:00pm.
Tuesday, October 4: Signing Up for Social Security
Tuesday, October 11: Retirement Income Planning
Tuesday, October 18: Legal Issues for Retirees
Tuesday, October 25: Medicare 101
Free and open to any interested adult. Especially pertinent for those considering retirement in the near future. Come to one or all. Pre-registration requested by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
LEARN TO CROCHET CLASSES: Begins Wednesday, October 5. This class meets every Wednesday, for four weeks, from 9:00 – 10:30am through November 2 (skipping October 12). Learn how to crochet from making the first loop to making beautiful gifts and/or items for you. Each week we will be learning new stitches, how to read patterns and working on projects. To start, bring a size H, I or J crochet hook and Sugar and Spice cotton yarn (small or large size, any color). Supplies can be found at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. The cost for this class is $6 per class or $20 for the series. Cost includes copies of patterns to take home each week. Space is limited. To register for this class call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, October 5 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
FLU SHOTS: Wednesday, October 5 from 2:00-4:00pm. Provided by Moose Pharmacy. Participants must bring insurance information with them. Most insurance companies including Medicare Part B, Tricare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield do cover the flu shot with a zero copay. However, some insurance programs may require a co-pay. For questions, especially insurance questions, call 704-784-9613 and ask for Shannon or Cody. Pre-registration is not necessary.
DISCOVER AMERICA LUNCHEON: Monday, October 10 at noon. In observance of Columbus Day, and in celebration of our geographic diversity, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will host a luncheon for our participants who have moved here from out-of-state. This year’s theme will be learning about North Carolina. Join us for a BBQ lunch highlighting the BBQ sauces from different parts of the country. This luncheon is sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions. Free and open to those “transplants” who pre-register by calling the Center at 704-216-7714 by Thursday, October 6.
HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, October 12 at 2:00pm. Our program is presented by Novant Health. The topic will be “Fall Prevention and the Importance of Balance”. Amanda Davis, Physical Therapist with Novant Health Rehabilitation Services will discuss fall prevention and balance related information. The Health and Fitness Club is open to all adults 55 and older who are interested in improving their health or learning about health matters. Please call the Front Desk with any questions at 704-216-7714.
WALK-ABOUTS CLUB: The Walk-Abouts will meet on Thursday, October 13 at 11:00am at Sloan Park. Bring your own lunch for a picnic after the walk. All current and prospective members are welcome. Please call the Front Desk with any questions at 704-216-7714.
MATTER OF BALANCE: Begins Thursday, October 13 at 1:00pm. Matter of Balance is an eight-week educational/discussion program that will include components of exercise. This evidenced based class helps participants learn to view the fear of falling differently, and to help find ways to change their environment to reduce fall risks. Caregivers are also welcome to participate. Class will meet on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm, October 13 thru December 8 at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Spaces are limited for this class so please register early by calling the Center’s Front Desk at 704-216-7714. There is no charge for the class, however, donations are accepted.
MAMMOGRAM SCREENING: Tuesday, October 18 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Novant Health Breast Center mobile unit will be on-site in the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center parking lot to provide mammogram screenings by appointment. To make an appointment call 704-216-7714 by Monday, October 10. Is it time for your annual mammogram? Mammograms are covered as a preventive screening under most insurance plans. For your convenience, insurance will be filed. For more information, visit www.NovantHealth.org/pink
AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: Wednesday, October 19 beginning at 12:30pm. Sponsored by AARP for older drivers interested in a four-hour training class in refining existing driving skills and developing defensive driving techniques. Insurance discounts are available for those completing the course. Cost is $20 per person for AARP members ($25 for non-members)
payable upon arrival for class. Space is limited, so you must pre-register by calling 704-216-7714.
BRAIN GAMES: Wednesday, October 19 at 2:00pm. The topic this month will be the benefits of Yoga and breathing for brain health. There is no cost to participate. Please register at the Front Desk or call 704-216-7714.
BUS TRIP TO ASHEVILLE NC: Tuesday, October 25. Motor coach transportation will leave the Center at 7:00am for a scenic ride to Asheville, NC. We will stop for a Dutch-treat breakfast along the way before arriving for a LaZoom Comic Tour of Asheville.
Like a vaudeville show on wheels, LaZoom’s citywide tours feature outrageously entertaining tour guides, outlandish comedy skits, loads of Asheville information, and incredible views of downtown and the stunningly beautiful Montford neighborhood and River Arts district. After the tour, we will enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch at the Moose Café and then wander the Western NC Farmers’ Market before heading home. On the way home we will stop for a Dutch-treat snack/supper before arriving back at the center around 7:00pm.
The cost is $55 per person, which includes the tour and transportation. Lunch is Dutch-Treat. There are a limited number of tickets for this trip.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. You can pay by credit card, cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 5 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at 1:00pm for those who arrive early.
WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies, and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration necessary.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, October 26 at 2:00pm. This month’s feature is “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Still working in her parents' Greek restaurant, Toula Portokalos's daughter Paris is growing up. She is getting ready to graduate from high school, and Toula and Ian are experiencing marital issues. When Toula's parents find out they were never officially married, another wedding is in the works. Can this big, fat, Greek event help to bring the family together? Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy a free movie, shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390).
CANDIDATES FORUM FOR ROWAN COUNTY COMMISSIONER: Thursday, October 27 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by the Rowan County Council on Aging and AARP Chapter #4314, older adult voters residing within the County are invited to come out and hear the four candidates seeking two seats on the Commission respond to questions about issues of interest to older adults. There is no cost to participate, and pre-registration is not required.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP IN ROWAN COUNTY: Thursday, October 27 at 5:30pm. Join others with similar challenges for a light meal, featured speakers, and time to share thoughts, feelings and tips on caring for ourselves and our loved ones with dementia. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is facilitated by Trinity at Home. For additional information contact Teresa Dakins at 704-603-2778 or Deborah Tillman at 704-603-2779.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO SALEM LAKE: Friday, October 28. Group will meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 9:00am for carpooling to Salem Lake. Bring water, a bag lunch, a snack, shoes with good support and good tread, insect repellant, a walking stick, $3 to help drivers with gas, and extra money for an ice cream stop on the way home. Participants should plan to spend the whole day. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information form at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
HALLOWEEN MOVIE PARTY: Monday, October 31 at 2:00pm. Come out and celebrate Halloween with us. We’ll enjoy a Halloween-themed movie, shown on our big screen, and enjoy Halloween-themed drinks and snacks. Come in costume if you want to compete for the best dressed prize. Free and open to any interested older adult. (Motion picture license #12137390).
COMPUTER CLASSES: Pre-registration is required by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. You must be a registered participant of the Center, and pay the class fee at the Front Desk prior to the class. Classes are taught by Debbie Lesley.
Getting to know My Computer: Friday, October 14 from 11:00 am-3:00pm. Learn the basics, like how to personalize your computer to make it work for you, rather than you working for it. We will also learn the basics of getting on the Internet and email, as well as Microsoft Word. The fee for this class is $10.
Learning to Use My iPad: Wednesday, October 19 from 1:00-4:00pm. Your iPad is a wonderful tool if you know how to use it. It can be your go-to for most computing needs. Come explore the basics. Your iPad should be charged and you should know you Apple ID and passwords. The fee for this class is $10.
My Android Tablet and Me: Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00-4:00pm. Like an iPad, your Android tablet can do most things a computer can do. Androids differ from one another so come in and explore what your individual tablet can do. You need to know any user IDs as well as your passwords. Be sure your tablet is charged. The fee for this class is $10.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games shuffleboard will be held on Friday, October 7 from 8:30am – 11:30am.
Chair Volleyball is held each Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoon at 1:00pm in the Rufty Fitness Annex. Pre-registration is not required.
IT’S PICNIC TIME: The Helen Rothrock Rufty Picnic Shelter Complex is available for reservation and use by senior groups free of charge. Contact the Senior Center office at 704-216-7714 for information.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men’s Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, October 3 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, October 3 at noon
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Thursday, October 6 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, October 6 at 1:00pm
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, October 10 at 2:00pm
Better Breathing Club – Wednesday, October 12 at 1:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, October 13 at 9:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, October 13 at 6:30pm
National Active & Retired Federal Employees - Monday, October 17 at 1:00pm
Rowan Doll Society – Tuesday, October 18 at noon
Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, October 20 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists – Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center’s Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO “SENIOR MOMENTS” DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: Begins October 15. Call 704-216-7703 to schedule an appointment with a Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Counselor to review or change your plans. A free service provided by the NC Insurance Commissioner’s Office and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
“ARE YOU OK?” SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center’s Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY MONDAY – FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.